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Producer, Composer and Pianist, Conductor and Musical Director Patrick Gandy is on a mission to halt the spread of HIV in our communities. He is using the creative and perfoming arts to deliver his message that HIV is on the rise. Minority groups, specifically black women, are being afflicted disproportionately amongst women. Gandy, (who has worked with greats such as Seal, Stevie Wonder, Mary J. Blige, Dianne Reeves and David Foster), has composed, shot and edited a feature length docu-concert in order to reinvigorate and normalize the conversation around HIV and AIDS, while providing quality entertainment. His production features a star-studded team of artists, including Loretta Devine, T.C. Carson and Patrice Rushen, as well as more than 80 musicians in concert. The goal is to halt the spread of HIV by changing perceptions, encouraging healthy behaviors, empowering people to speak out and commit, and inviting all people to make a pledge to “break the silence” in their own communities. 

Says Gandy, “The Silence Is Broken is using its own resources to help community based organizations throughout the United States earn unrestricted funds by having their supporters watch our movie. Whether watching in the comfort of their homes or attending The Silence Is Broken at the Movies, we are mounting a media campaign to reinvigorate and normalize the conversation around HIV and AIDS in order to prevent the spread of the virus and to help Americans care about the issue enough to open their wallets again in an effort to eradicate this virus.”

 

He added, "We are particularly proud to be working with solid and well known organizations like the Community Health Awareness Group, World AIDS Day Detroit, Michigan AIDS Coalition and AIDS Partnership Michigan. These are some of the groups that will receive financial support from The Silence Is Broken at the Movies.

The Silence Is Broken Volume I premieres in Detroit, Michigan on Wednesday November 30th at 7:00 p.m. at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, located at 315 E. Warren Avenue. Tickets are $20.00, (plus a $2.00 transaction fee), and may be purchased in advance at www.thesilenceisbroken.org, and also at the door on the night of the screening. For more information, call 949-240-4225.

The Silence Is Broken is donating money to Community Based Organizations (CBO’s) across the country who organize their supporters to purchase and watch The Silence Is Broken Volume I. Proceeds go to The Silence Is Broken HIV awareness campaign and to any organization designated by viewers when registering to view the video online. 25% of Detroit screening revenues stay in the Greater Detroit community.  

The Silence Is Broken is a not for profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization under the IRS tax code.

To watch The Silence Is Broken Volume I promotional Trailer, visit www.thesilenceisbroken.org and click on “SIB Promotional Video.”

For more information, visit www.thesilenceisbroken.org.